Pictured (Back row l-r) Roger Martin (Team Manager), Tom Lennon, Louie Stott (Captain), Dan Wakeman, James Humphries, Juna Amin & Elliot Jones. (Front row l-r) Santino Francolini, James Ilsley, Cassisu Blake, Hayden Sarfo & George Stephens.
Missing from the team photograph is Mark Hewlett who retired injured on the 5th hole. The whole team hope he recovers quickly.
The players all arrive early at Alexander Park GC, near Ledbury, for the final U14 match of the season. After a bacon sandwich and a warm up on the range, the boys all gathered for a team talk from Roger Martin, before heading to the 1st tee.
The format of the game was to be 6 x 4BBBs over 18 holes, with shots based on 90% of handicap difference. A Worcestershire player was the low handicapper in each match, and all of our players knew that they had to be on their game to match their opponents.
The top match was close throughout, but eventually just went the way of S&H, although both Louie Stott (Bewdley Pines) and Dan Wakeman (Hagley) played some excellent golf.
In the 2nd match, James Ilsley (Dudley) and James Elliot (Gaudet Luce) had 4 birdies between them to defeat their opponents.
The 3rd match became 2 against 1 when Mark Hewlett (Gaudet Luce) was injured on the 5th hole and had to retire. However, Tom Lennon (Halesowen) played on heroically, and only lost on the 17th hole.
The 4th match was nip and tuck most of the way, although Santino Francolini (Redditch) and Cassius Blake (Kings Norton) had their noses in front throughout the back 9, and took a hard earned victory 3&2.
By this time the 5th match had already finished with a convincing 7&6 victory for the pair of Juna Amin (Worcester G&CC) and James Humphries (Redditch).
Thus, the overall game score was 3-2 in favour of Worcestershire, with the final match still out on the course. With this match coming up the 18th all square the result of the overall game was still in the balance. George Stephens (The Vale) chipped up to make 5 to put the pressure on the S&H pair, and when Hayden Sarfo (Gaudet Luce) chipped close enough to earn a conceded par 4 they won their match 1 up and earned the Worcestershire Team a 4-2 victory.
Match score sheet
As always the welcome and hospitality received from the Shropshire & Herefordshire Team was 2nd to none, and much appreciated by the Worcestershire layers, parents and officials. The team from Alexander Park GC were also excellent throughout the day, and couldn't do enough for both teams.The food and service were superb.
Posted on 20/10/2018
by Stuart Pritchard